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SOLD Tobias Killer B5 1993 w/ Mike Pope EQ

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by naetog, May 5, 2019.

  1. naetog

    naetog Supporting Member

    May 26, 2006
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    $1500 shipped w/ extra Hipshot bridge & ultralite tuners for upgrades, and original WTMB preamp (Mike Pope 4 band installed).

    Trades welcome. Please PM offers.

    Lots of history with this bass, so apologies for the huge amount of text below.

    Fabricated by the Burbank crew, but final assembly was done in Nashville.
    See this thread from @darkbass for this info.
    He was working at Tobias at the time, and also the one who brought this bass back from Germany.

    Based on the writing on the neck, the 31st Killer B...?

    All hardware is original.
    I am including a like new black Hipshot A style bridge and black ultralite tuners should you want to upgrade them.

    Truss rods work like they should.
    A piece of the truss cover is missing, but it stays put.
    The bridge used to be black.
    Then I cleaned it last year and the finish basically disintegrated. Now it's the cool nickel color.
    Hardly any wear on the frets at all
    Original pickups.

    Currently sporting a Mike Pope 4 band with passive bypass on volume pot. The mini toggle is just for looks. This is a massive upgrade. I had no idea how much better this was going to sound until I installed it recently. Ridiculously usable frequencies; so sweet and clean yet incredibly musical.

    Comes with original WTMB preamp (these are pretty rare) and not super helpful instructions for installation I got from a tech dude @ Bartolini.

    The WTMB seems to work, but it's a mashup of a couple different diagrams. I wired it up and got a signal running successfully, but there's room for improvement.


    There's a small crack in the bottom edge of the neck pocket that was there when I got the bass, and it's a non issue. Hasn't changed in the year I've had it, and it's likely due to the neck and pocket being a tight fit. It's along the bottom edge of the end of the pocket where the wood is really thin. Nothing of concern structurally.

    Headstock veneer was also a disaster when I got it, so it was refinished and looks good!

    34" scale
    24 fret
    Asymmetrical neck profile
    17.5 mm bridge spacing
    1.75" nut
    2 7/8" @ 24th fret
    Just over 8 pounds on my fat scale
    Ash body
    5 piece Maple and (insert other wood here) neck
    Pau Ferro fingerboard

    I've got either a Protec Contego or a Reunion Blues RBCB4 for it.
    Not sure which one yet, but it will be a great bag either way.

    Thumbnails below the one large image:

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    Last edited: May 14, 2019
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  2. rashrader


    Mar 4, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    I had one of these from this era and I truly regret ever letting it go. It was a fantastic bass.
    G RICH 5 likes this.
  3. bbh

    bbh Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    It looks great in red.
    I have a wood colored fretless a model with the preamp. It’s a great bass for real easy neck.
  4. naetog

    naetog Supporting Member

    May 26, 2006
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    FWIW here's the headstock original black, and that neck pocket crack in July of last year for comparison.

    I'm also starting to wire together the WTMB so I'll report back when I've got something tomorrow.

    IMG_20180704_231835.jpg IMG_20180704_231859.jpg
    Last edited: May 5, 2019
  5. naetog

    naetog Supporting Member

    May 26, 2006
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Okay so the WTMB seems to work. I was able to wire it up and got a signal, but there's room for improvement.

    I've installed the Mike Pope preamp, and it will be staying in the bass. It sounds so much better than the Bartolini circuit that was in there. Not even close. Mini toggle is now a placebo.

    Different knobs also:
    KeithPas and G RICH 5 like this.
  6. bassdudepat

    bassdudepat Bringer of the Brown Note Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Austin, Texas

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